Mourners gather at mass for East San Diego County teen athlete killed in crash

Posted at 11:20 AM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 18:31:12-05

ALPINE, Calif. (KGTV) - A funeral mass was held Wednesday for the East County teenager killed in a head-on crash.

William Burton, 17, was a star athlete at Granite Hills High School.

Burton was riding in the back seat of a Jeep Wrangler on South Grade Rd. in Alpine last week when the driver crossed into oncoming traffic, CHP officers said. Burton was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the Jeep.

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Burton and his friends were leaving a football team banquet at a the time of the crash.

Burton’s loved ones gathered at the Queen of Angels church to share their memories.

A celebration of life ceremony will take place Thursday at Shadow Mountain Church in El Cajon at 1:30 p.m.

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